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Is Painting A Pricey Home Improvement?

By Jacob Painter

The cost of redecorating depends on several factors. Paying for someone else to do it for you is the most expensive option. If you do it all yourself, then the cost of the paints, papers and other materials, plus the level of redecoration (quick freshen up or total overhaul) will be the main things influencing the cost.

As well as the paints and papers, you’ll need certain equipment to redecorate, meaning you’ll need to spend some money before beginning unless you already have what you need, or you can borrow them from friends. It will cost from about twenty pounds for an average step ladder, from about ten pounds for set of brushes, and from five pounds for a paint roller with tray. If you have more elaborate plans then you might need more than this, and also bear in mind the need for dust sheets.

The materials themselves will vary greatly in price. A 2.5 litre tin of emulsion will cover up to 30 square metres, and cost around 10-20. Bear in mind you may need extra coats if covering dark colours. At the other end of the scale, a roll of hand-made wall paper may cost hundreds of pounds.

Decorating’s not just painting and papering: you might also want to replace curtains, carpets and other accessories to match, which will all push up costs. How much, depends on what you’re willing to pay for quality. The state of the existing decor might also make a big difference, as if you find yourself needing to take off the old before putting on the new you’ll spend more.

An average redecoration of a family house, excluding extras such as new carpets or re-plastering, should cost a few hundred pounds. An average sized room could probably be redecorated for around fifty pounds. These costs can easily snowball , so if you’re on a tight budget, it’s a good idea to start slowly, and to plan your costs carefully.

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